I surrender. I trust in the fulfillment of Love. & Thank you. 🙏🏼 These are the only prayers that make any sense to me, lately. What’s your prayer?
”We don’t just need a progressive politics or a conservative politics; we need a more deeply human politics. We need a politics of love. Love is the angel of our better nature, just as fear is the demon of the lower self. And it is love, not fear, that has made us great. When politics is used for loveless purposes, love and love alone can override it. It was love that abolished slavery, it was love that gave women suffrage, it was love that established civil rights, and it is love that we need now.” ⠀⠀ - Marianne Williamson A Politics of Love.
The question is: HOW WILL YOU RESPOND? ⠀⠀ When “the other side” attacks your values, your sense of security—in fact the very ground of your stability, how will you respond? ⠀⠀ Will you respond with divisiveness, judgement, and condemnation? Will you perpetuate the anger, the alienation—the hateful words and actions that you claim to oppose? ⠀⠀ Fearful people say fearsome things. Scared people do scary things. ⠀⠀ Anyone can retweet that nasty and divisive post coming down the line. But it takes courage, compassion, and creative clarity to stand strong in Love.
Listening from a sweaty Savasana, I hear these words again...for the first time: ⠀⠀ If you're lost you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting Time after time. ⠀⠀ — Cyndi Lauper ⠀⠀ #surrender #GreatSpirit #remember #Love
The voice of authority does not have to be rude, brash, or condescending. ⠀⠀ A voice of authority can have a lilt to it, a giggle in it...a suppleness within its strength. A fluidity. ⠀⠀ Fluidity is powerful. The rush of consolidated water cuts through solid earth to deepen and expand its way. Even a trickle—a gently seeping spring—penetrates with persistence and grace... to make lasting change. ⠀⠀ There is a flexibility, a fluidity—an inclusiveness—within true power. ⠀⠀ Rigid authority smacks of insecurity. 📷 @angie_barnes_photography
“...And in that simple, clear, unmistakable regard, translation has ceased in all domains, and you have transformed into the very Heart of the Kosmos itself—and there, right there, very simply, very quietly, it is all undone.” —Ken Wilbur There is a moment, after the caterpillar molts and before the butterfly emerges, when inside the shiny chrysalis there is nothing but potential.
What’s in that giant egg underneath your tush? 🥚 ⠀⠀ So far, for me, 2019 has been all about shedding...letting go of unnecessary baggage. ...Getting rid of outdated stories. ...Demolishing walls that once provided shelter, but now just block my view. 🔥 ⠀⠀ I’ve been guiding my friends in the Eleven Moons God/dess Odyssey to release what limits them, too. ⠀⠀ And this past weekend was a huge celebration—Pink Moon, Hanuman Jayanti, Easter...EARTH DAY! It was a turning point...an initiation into the full expression of your gifts, strengths, and creative power. 🌸 ⠀⠀ The time has come to clearly identify what you’re sitting on. What’s the big, exquisite, soul-fulfilling idea you are hatching now?
I’m enamored of people—women, men, and all—who break free from their agreement bubble. ⠀⠀ If you’re careful, you can use social media to synthesize a world in which everyone agrees with you—wether it’s a dark cave or an ivory tower. ⠀⠀ ✨ My husband calls our agreement bubble the “Green Temple.” It’s a world where “everyone” is fit and active, nurses their babes till grade school, goes on surfing/meditation retreat to Costa Rica, eats vegan and listens to Michael Franti.⠀⠀ ...Yoga teachers, life coaches, and peace warriors—optimistic mystics preaching to a choir of opti-mystics. ⠀⠀ And don’t get me wrong: I LOVE MY PEOPLE. We move with the light. 🌈 ⠀⠀ But there is a whole world full of more people...ALSO MY PEOPLE...who feel hurt, angry, separate, desperate, hopeless, or indifferent today. ⠀⠀ Maybe they don’t do yoga. Maybe they have no idea who Ram Dass is (gasp!). Maybe they don’t even like kale. 🙃 ⠀⠀ I’m looking for those people. I want to see you. I want to tell you that, within all of our beautiful difference, WE ARE THE SAME. (and you are LOVE). ⠀⠀ ...even if you don’t agree with me.
The voice of Love is “still” and “small” —not because it is weak. ⠀⠀ The voice of Love is “still” and “small” because it is so powerful that—if you are truly listening—all it takes is a gentle whisper to bring you back to wholeness. ⠀⠀ Listen In. ⠀⠀ #stillsmallvoice 💗 🌸 🕸 ❄️ 🌀 @rrshakti
Perhaps as long as the Goddess (or any God image) is viewed as an object or power that remains outside the human psyche, she cannot have a lasting positive impact on the roles of men and women in society. ⠀⠀ With psycho-spiritual introspection, however, we can claim both the masculine and feminine powers of God/dess as a transformational energy—one that heals fragmentation, repairs social inequity, and supports psychological wholeness. ⠀⠀ Jai Ma! 🌼 #navratri
What happens in the dark? 🌑 ⠀⠀ Darkness gets a bad rap. We want to “see” everything that’s going on around us...as if by “seeing it” all, we can control it all. But fear makes people blind. ⠀⠀ There is a whole different way of “seeing” that happens when you turn inward. Sometimes you have to close your eyes, turn off the lights, get really quiet...to see the brilliance of deeper insight. ⠀⠀ There, in the dark corridors, beyond the reach of the ego’s incessant need for control, is a peace beyond all comprehension; a Love light that has no shadow... which produces unimaginable GROWTH. 🌱 ⠀⠀ I’ve been engaging New Moon opportunities to turn inward again and again. This month invites us into NINE nights of contemplation and transformation with the Chaitra Navaratri. ⠀⠀ This Indian celebration is radiantly sweet...packed with insights to illuminate and nourish the heart of anyone, anywhere, who is willing to settle their seeds—deep—within the fruitful darkness. 💗 ⠀⠀ #newmoon #elevenmoons #soulartist #rrshakti #chaitranavaratri
The #ElevenMoons SPRING 3-Day Tech. Break is scheduled to begin tomorrow. ⠀⠀ This is an opportunity to clear your mind of clutter, to stoke the inner fires of your life force energy, and provide nourishment to your soul. ⠀⠀ When you give yourself the gift of turning off your phone, pausing emails, and saying so long to the incessant chatter of social media...you actually improve your mood and creativity. You open to a deeper connection with your Self and the world around you. ⠀⠀ This 3-Day tech. break is a ritual for transformation–a way of honoring the creative powers of the Springtime and channeling the infinite potential of your True Nature. 💗 ⠀⠀ See you in a few...
The simple gesture of palms together (Anjali mudra) is an invocation of wholeness. It symbolizes the sacred marriage of all perceived opposites= 🌗 masculine/feminine dark/light unconscious/conscious Self/other ⠀⠀ When you realize your Self as whole, you awaken to deeper levels of courage, fathomless layers of compassion, and the creative clarity to move mountains. ⠀⠀ 🙏🏼 ⠀⠀ @whatyogaIS
Love light shines brightest in the darker spaces.
When I turned 30, I stopped caring (so much) about what other people think of me. Something shifted that year, like a sunrise; and the new-found freedom accelerated Self-knowledge and the discovery of what I truly value. ⠀⠀ I like to joke that when I turned 40, I stopped caring about what I think of myself. 😁 ⠀⠀ What that really means is that I have been gradually disassembling the crafty traps of the ego—judgement, disappointment, and doubt. ⠀⠀ My 40s have been about developing MAITRI. That is an important word to the Shambhala Tradition. It means “unconditional friendship with yourself.” ⠀⠀ Maitri is more than “self-care.” Spa days and affirmations will only get you so far. Maitri is embracing the totality of your Self—making peace with even the most uncomfortable parts. Unconditional friendship with your Self allows you to courageously gather up your scattered projections and see the world with a clearer heart. 💗 ⠀⠀ Maitri is an ever-beckoning invitation. ...and your life is worth it. 📷 @ejdilley #maitri #shambhala @anipemachodron #courage #compassion
She took a break from her legos, finished her milk and cookie, laid her pixie body out on the floor like a starburst—arms spread wide... closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and said: ⠀⠀ “Quietly listening. Your eyes are closed. Even when you’re not doing anything, you’re still doing something.” ⠀⠀ “That’s beautiful,” I gasped. “Where did you hear it?” I looked up from my book to give a smile...but her thick, little girly eyelashes were still laced upon her cherub cheeks. ⠀⠀ “From the Earth, Mama,” she whispered...”From the Earth.” ⠀⠀ #lotusheartgirl #babypoet #guruchild
I like to say, “Let’s do what’s easy.” ⠀⠀ What I really mean is: “Let’s do what’s hard until it becomes easy. ...Then, let’s do what’s easy.” ⠀⠀ Commitment is proven through time. Healing is accompanied by scars. Patience is only developed in annoying and challenging situations. Courage is only possible in the face of fear. One of the greatest feats of a lifetime is to simply surrender. ⠀⠀ I celebrate Love because it is a choice—to remember wholeness, over and over and over again. ♾💗 ⠀⠀ 📷 @tcos
“Eternity is in Love with the productions of time.” ⠀⠀ —William Blake ⠀⠀ Happy Shiva Moon. #shivamoon #tantradance
“A lover asked his beloved, ‘Do you love yourself more than you love me?’ Beloved replied, ‘I have died to myself and I live for you. I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes, I am present only for you. I’ve forgotten all my learnings, but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar. I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able. I love myself…I love you. I love you…I love myself.’” —Rumi ⠀⠀ The Lover and the Beloved are one. For as long as life goes on, the dance continues. Don’t let me dissolve too quickly lest I lose myself forever. ⠀⠀ The dance needs a dancer as much as the dancer needs her dance. ♾💗
NEW SOUL STORY: Lotus Milk ⠀⠀ The Goddess Lakshmi is the personification of abundance and delight. She is the embodiment of Shrī, which means majesty and glory, fertility, riches, and dignified beauty. ⠀⠀ She empowers you to realize your wholeness, to recognize the absolute abundance, beauty, and grace within all of Nature and expressed through you. ⠀⠀ The story of Lakshmi's ascent has been told again and again throughout the Indian epic texts and mythological tomes. This is my interpretation, shared from my imagination...to yours. It is an invitation to return to your heart center, where in the stillness of your True Nature, lotus milk swells like a fountain of joy. ⠀⠀ I hope you enjoy it. 💕🙏🏼 https://www.rrshakti.com/goddess-archetypes.html
Yoga is a physical practice. 🧘🏽♂️ ⠀⠀ Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you. 🔥 Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you and to awaken to the realization of your whole Self. ⠀⠀ 🌕 Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you and to awaken to the realization of your whole Self as an embodied expression of the heart of God. ⠀⠀ 🌞 Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you and to awaken to the realization of your whole Self as an embodied expression of the heart of God, witnessing its own divinity at play in all of creation. ⠀⠀ 🌼 Yoga is divinity at play. ♾ ⠀⠀ #awakening
Dear सखी sakhii, sister, friend: ⠀⠀ Please don’t mistake your style as coming from your closet or your hair. You rock that amazing look because of the endless creativity in your soul. ⠀⠀ Please don’t think your beauty is dependent on your make-up or your shape. You are a gorgeous, glowing mama because of the infinite fire of your spirit. ⠀⠀ Don’t think your power lies in competition for status. You are an absolute goddess when you remember your deep abiding wisdom—your courage and compassion. ⠀⠀ ...And your peace is not contingent upon a massage or a Merlot. Unspeakable Peace flows like an unlimited wellspring deep within you. ⠀⠀ Your abundance is not found in your bank account or refrigerator; but in the bountiful reservoir of treasure at the center of your heart. ⠀⠀ And remember, please, that the source of your love is not your partner or your children. ⠀⠀ The reason you Love so deeply is because of the eternal ocean that swells inside your very being. ⠀⠀ I’m reminding you now, my friend, so that you can remind me later. ⠀⠀ Girl, we’re better together. 💕 #internationalwomensday
I’m falling more in love with Love: every hue she casts. every voice behind each mask. every heart laid bare. ⠀⠀ I’m surrendering to the dance; relinquishing my pace, falling into Grace, and embracing the affair. ⠀⠀ Every droplet becomes the sea. It’s a recognition story of creation’s final glory, between the shadow and the glare. ⠀⠀ At the single point I find a cosmic mandala at play. When all contrast falls away, the dance is the only thing there.
HAPPY MAHA SHIVARATRI! ⠀⠀ On this Indian holiday union of all duality is celebrated as the marriage of Shiva and Shakti, in her incarnation as Parvati (the daughter of the mountains). ⠀⠀ Therefore, Maha Shivaratri is a celebration of God/dess–the essence of God in Nature. ⠀⠀ While Shakti creates the manifest experience of embodied consciousness, Shiva is said to be lying in stillness, deep in a dream. When he awakens, the created universe dissolves into the unified experience of Pure Consciousness. ⠀⠀ The marriage of Shiva and Shakti may be celebrated as an awakened awareness of Pure Consciousness while still embodied in the human experience. ⠀⠀ This is Yoga: the realization of divinity on Earth and the sacredness in each and every moment. It is remembering the dream within the waking state and knowing the deep wisdom of your intrinsic wholeness. ⠀⠀ The March New Moon invites you to honor your dreams. They hold the deep wisdom of your unconscious mind and Visionary Heart. 💗
The scenery from inside my snow globe today. Deep Peace.
Who is God? Images of a preeminent and autonomous being may take the form of Brahman: the Hindu name for supreme, ubiquitous reality. Sometimes God looks more like a Christian Father, or the Great Spirit, the pure consciousness of Shiva...and/or the creative power of Goddess. ⠀⠀ God image inspires me to beauty and moves me to love. ⠀⠀ For psychologist, Carl Jung, a “God-Image,” or the object of one’s religious affection, is a “pre-existing archetypal pattern” within the human psyche. Jung’s explanation seeks to harness that which cannot be contained. ...and when asked “Do you believe I God?” Jung’s response: “I don’t have to believe. I know.” ♾ It is the question itself that drives me; not the answer. ⠀⠀ In the stillness of meditative contemplation, both the questions and answers become superfluous from within. ⠀⠀ Deep, in what the Vedic Upanishads called the “lotus of the heart,” experiential knowledge feels nothing like religion. ⠀⠀ To me, it simply feels like Love. ⠀⠀ I am not Hindu. or Buddhist. or Christian. or Muslim. or Zoastrian. or Rastafarian. or Pagan. or Jewish. or Zulu. or Sufi. or Jain... I am a Soul Artist. I believe in the all-pervasive Love.
Love is Space. ⠀⠀ Love is the space between us...between each atom within us and connecting every star. ⠀⠀ Love is the empty place...un-filled. It is the void where my breath recedes and the nectar spilled. ⠀⠀ It is the open wound, the stitches, and the scar. ⠀⠀ It’s the space between the lion and the rose. It’s the place where all the water flows...where all the evenings go... to become dawn. ⠀⠀ It’s the dance, the danced, the dancer. It’s the hunted and the hunter. It’s the seeker that you seek...the eyelash on your cheek. It’s the music in your car. ⠀⠀ Love is Space. It’s where you are. ⠀⠀ #soulartist #youarelove